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Apollo Tyres- Roll in to Hungary – The New Indian Express

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The international Indian-origin tyre manufacturer’s facility.For this reason, will start production in early 2017. At its first European Greenfield plant in Gyöngyöshalász, Hunga…

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Apollo tyres are making a big effort to steam roller the world with their tyre products and they are doing a good job of it?

As well as tyre manufacturing plants in India the Hungary. This new plant will service tyre retailers in Europe including here in the UK.

Apollo have already established a foothold in Europe.As expected, by buying the Dutch tyre company Vredestein. Because they are famous for their excellent winter tyres. Vredestein winter tyre products are used extensively across Europe. Therefore, they have established a very good name. In my opinion Apollo also make a good winter tyre of their own. But their main aim is to push the summer tyre products.

They have already set up an established chain of tyre retailers. Thus, by doing a deal with tyre buying group. Who have a network of independent tyre retailers across the UK. I am the Halifax tyre retailer. We at Halifax have already stocked the depot with a good range of Apollo tyres. Accordingly they are already popular tyres in the Halifax area.

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Apollo tyres in Halifax Yorkshire UK

Apollo tyres are one of tyre manufacturers of the future in my humble opinion. The Indian tyre company have taken the tyre world by storm?

They have made some good acquisitions. Including the purchase of the Dutch tyre manufacturer Vredestein tyres. Vredestein have a strong customer base across Europe including here in the UK. Famously, with their excellent Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme range of tyres. The Dutch tyre makers are famous for their winter tyre range and also continue to make some vintage tyre sizes for classic and vintage cars.

Apollo tyres will fit comfortably into the British tyre market place, because it has an Anglicized name. In my opinion some of the imported tyres from say China come with silly names that do not fit in with the general English language, anyway I digress.

Apollo Tyres

Apollo tyres have bought into a network with the purchase of Vredestein tyres and we were informed from the outset that the Apollo products were available to the Vredestein tyre dealers straight away.

We were also pleased to know that Apollo had become one of the preferred suppliers to the tyre buying group Point-S. As a member of Point-S in Halifax, this meant that we would be buying this excellent product at the best rate possible.

So the Indian tyre company, have also done a joint deal with Manchester United to be able to advertise around the pitch side on match days including live television coverage.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

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Winter tyres were gripping- but now its time to change – Scottish Daily Record

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Winter tyres were gripping

Easter and the school holidays over, now is the time to remove those winter tyres and put the ‘summer’ ones back on.

Importantly, the Scottish Daily Record are correct. When they say that it is time to have your winter tyres taken off. Of course, and your summer tyres put back on.

Here a my tyre business. Pellon Tyres in Halifax Yorkshire UK, we have just about changed all our customers tyres over. These were in the “tyre hotel” scheme of ours.

We carefully attach the names and registration numbers on all their tyres. Before we store the tyres for them.

It has been a good idea to do this. For this reason,  we are now in our fifth year of doing the scheme.

It also keeps us in touch with our customers. This brings in more work from things like servicing and air-conditioning work. We also create a hell of a lot of good will. Between our customers and my staff. This during the tyre change overs. Accordingly, we know this because of the amount of recommendations that we have from our customers to other people. Good word of mouth is the best form of advertising. Thus we are always a busy fitting station so we must be doing something right.

Change back onto their summer tyres.

They then ring in and make an appointment, for the work to be carried out. So far we have had no problems with the system and it is something that i would highly recommend to other

tyre businesses, (not in Halifax though?). Cheap Winter Tyres are always available but we find that our customers buy makes of winter tyres across a wide range including the excellent Continental Winter Tyres.

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Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Of course, also sell General winter Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. For this reason, they offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Finally, are also an official MOT testing station.

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Narrow Tyres – How does the BMW i3 handle so well on such narrow tyres? – CNET

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Narrow Tyres

We take a closer look at Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP500 tires for the 2015 BMW i3 electric car.

This article asks how the new BMW i3 car can handle well with such Narrow Tyres Bridgestone tyres?

Well it is not too many ago that all tyres were thin and narrow and do you know? they worked perfectly well.

The difference is that today’s tyres are made from different materials and compounds. Ecopia tyres  help you cut down on fuel consumption and carbon emissions and are used on fuel efficient electric cars such as the BMW i3 car.

Tyre sizes are unfamiliar out of the tyre trade, such as 15570R19, 17660R19 and also as large as 15560R20 and 17555R20, in days gone by we were using sizes such as 18580R15 and 20580R16, so the trend has become taller Narrow Tyres , but Bridgestone say that these tyres are good handling and give good grip in wet weather.

So that is good enough for me/

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Bridgestone narrow tyres

The development of tyres started with the vintage/classic cars of today. We have all seen how narrow tyres were on these cars. These cars could not go very fast though? And the tyres were perfect for the time period and the types of suspension that these cars had.

The vintage cars of today could only be afforded by the rich in the pre WW2 period, but after the war cars became more affordable to the drivers who were perhaps managers or the owners of small businesses. I can remember when I first started working in a garage that most of our customers did indeed own a business and the working class people would still catch the bus to work.

The cars that were out then were fitted with X ply tyres, but thanks to Michelin the radial tyre came out and soon took over from the lesser X ply tyres. The bigger cars came out on 18580R15 tyres and cars like the new Minis were fitted with 145R10 tyres.

In fact the Mini period signaled a new kind of car buyer the working class man. The car market was booming. Tyre sizes were changing all the time with the commonest radial tyre being the 145R13, 155R13, and the bigger cars were fitted with 155R15, 165R15 and 185R15.

Over the years they  became wider (fatter), this was due to many factors including faster cars on faster roads.

Why narrow tyres again

Consequently, car manufacturers knew that tyres had to be made differently. Therefore, to satisfy the requirements’ of the governments drive to produce greener cars. The EV battery driven vehicle became a favourite. For this reason, it followed closely by the Hydrogen cell cars.

Some tyre companies use different tyre materials to reduce the amount of petrol based oils used in the manufacturing  compounds. Yokohama tyres of Japan use orange peel oil and Continental have discovered that the white liquid that we see in dandelions has the same molecular structure as rubber latex, the stuff that they have been made of for years.

They are also becoming thinner again. This is to give the tyres less rolling resistance and also a larger turning distance. This means that the engine has to do less work to power the car forward, thus using less fuel and making the car greener. We are now up to date with Bridgestone Car Tyres leading the way.

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Online Bookings on Increase-Online servicing and repair jobs surging with 205% increase

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Online Bookings on Increase

So this is no surprise to me! Having an online booking system is part of our customer care system. Of course not only for booking in jobs but also for keeping records of our customers purchases for warranty purposes.

In fact, we have two online booking systems! On is for our MOT testing customers and we also have a tyre lookup and booking in system online.

Garage work provider, WhoCanFixMyCar.com has reported a 205 per cent surge in jobs requested, rising from 27,000 in April to 85,000 in September. After initially seeing repair requests grind to a complete stop, the uncertainty of

Eric Roberts was not very pleased at the decision to stop MOT testing altogether during the recent covid 19 pandemic. Testing was suspended for six months and a massive backlog later on in the year certainly kept us on our feet. Going forward to the spring of 2021 then things have now settled down and testing is back to normal. So, our garage customers have been very helpful and understanding during this horrible pandemic.

Social distancing and masks wearing is still common practise and we have had no problems with complying with the law.

Source: Online servicing and repair jobs surging with 205% increase – Garagewire

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Catalytic converter thefts- on “significant” rise – Garagewire

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Catalytic converter thefts

So, this is a follow up to a recent post that I did about cat/converter thefts from the Halifax area of the UK. Unfortunately, this problem is nation wide. Because of the make up of these catalysts then they have become an easy target to steal. Cats contain precious metals that are in short supply. Consequently, illegal thefts are becoming common place.

Unfortunately, we are experiencing many of the thefts coming from Honda car models. Luckily some customers are covered by their car insurance but many are not. Going forward it would be worth drivers checking out with their insurance companies. Hence to see if they are covered or not!

Of course this type of practise is nothing new. Consequently, I know of a company in the Elland industrial area of West Yorkshire, that were badly hit. So, for ease of access to there vans then they were kept parked outside. Drivers made early starts giving the drivers a quick turn around in the early morning.

However one Monday morning the drivers turned up only to find that the whole fleet was stripped of their catalytic converters. What an horrific find ?

Cat/converter thefts have dramatically increased since June with the number cases of reported to be “significant”. Crimes dropped to just 52 in April from over 400 at the start of the year in January but

Source: Catalytic converter thefts on “significant” rise – Garagewire

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Michelin Tyres buy 40% stake in French Online Tyre store, starts a series of take-Overs.

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Original Article by Eric Roberts on www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

Michelin Tyres Throw Down the Gauntlet with the 40% Acquisition of French Online Company ALLPNUES

Wow I have been saying for the past two years that we in the tyre trade are living in interesting times, but this announcement is one of the most interesting stories I have yet to come across?

Michelin are going online?

This will be done with a 40% acquisition of the French online tyre retailer “Allpnues”. The online tyre company sold 3 million tyres online last year, which accounts for 7% of the French tyre market.

Michelin to use ATS as the fitting stations

Michelin have also announced that they are going to use their network of ATS tyre depots to carry out their fitting work, across Europe.

When I first read the story I thought that Michelin Tyres were just going to supply France and use the French ATS depots, but they say that they will be using al the ATS depots across Europe. I did notice that some of the local ATS depots were not doing any truck work anymore and have been smartened up for retail, and so this has been a plan of theirs for some time.

One thing is for sure, this will kick off repercussions amongst tyre wholesalers and will there be a big rush from the other tyre manufacturers to compete on the same lines. This effectively means that Michelin are missing out the middle man, which at the moment, are the big tyre wholesalers.

I can remember years ago when Michelin decided to go into ASDA to sell tyres. This too caused a huge rumpus and I think that it was ATS who eventually stopped the process and Michelin closed down the tyre shops within the supermarket. This time ATS will be one of the main players and have no complaints.

Michelin Tyres buy 40% stake in French Online Tyre store

I also wonder what Michelin Tyres will do with other brands that Allpnues also sell? Will they be pushing out their own product. I think so. It is a big investment to make just to sell Dunlop’s and Continentals products.

Whatever happens. For this reason. Has certainly changed the game big style? But I can’t help feeling that this is the way to go, it makes good business sense and will cut out the middle man as I have

stated earlier. It could be the start of another dot/com boom, but in the tyre industry, watch this space?

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles, also selling tyres online in the Halifax area.

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Car Winter Preparation-Wheels: Preparing your car for winter | Metro Newspaper UK

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Car Winter Preparation

Of course, I write about this subject on a regular basis! Especially as winter time approaches. Although winters have been very mid in recent times! Then I can still remind drivers that it was not too long ago that we indeed had some bad snow falls.

Including the so called “Beast from the East” phenomena. So, many millions of drivers were caught out by the cold blast of air coming out of Russia. Vehicle drivers were in fact caught out with all sorts of easily rectified problems.

Screen bottles frozen?

So, apart from drivers being caught out with trying to drive through snow with summer tyres fitted. Another main problem was cars with frozen wind screen washer  bottles and their associated plastic pipes. To prevent this all that was needed was to fill the washer bottles with the correct strength of washer solution? I must confess that our total commitment for advising drivers about fitting General wintertyres is now starting to pay off.

November is the start for many of our customers to fit winter tyres on their vehicle. Drivers are now aware of the vast safety features that winter tyres offer the motorist. Our advice is that all winter tyres are better that driving on summer tyres. Significantly, in winter driving conditions. However we do recommend that you consider looking at the award winning Nokian Winter Tyre range.

In recent times we also recommend the fitting of all-weather tyres for all year round safer driving. Much more winter car protection advice is given in the attached article from the Metro Newspaper.

Finally, Pellon tyres are still Nokian tyre dealers for the Calderdale area of Yorkshire UK.

IF YOUR car has any developing faults, winter is the time when they’ll be exposed. Snow and ice generates cold and damp, which can be very bad news for cars. Road salt and grime can also cause problems, and can quicken the appearance of rust if left unchecked for long periods of time. Fortunately, there… View Article

Source: Wheels: Preparing your car for winter | Metro Newspaper UK

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Car Servicing Advice-Do I Have To Service My New Car At The Dealership? Look for quality and Standards

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An answer to the popular question “do I have to service my new car at the dealership?” straight from the horses mouth, Guelph Hyundai’s very own Service Adviser.

Car Servicing Advice-If you require  car servicing or car repairs. The answer is NO?

“If you are a garage  with a good reputation then the answer is In order to keep a warranty valid. So, the customer must perform all of the maintenance that is required. Of course and specified, in the owner’s manual to maintain the vehicle’s warranty”

This applies in the USA and also here in the European Union. Including here in Halifax Yorkshire, UK.

We are all covered by a right to repair law. Allowing us to repair cars that are still under warranty. Thus  as long as the service parts fitted are up to the same standard. Hence, as the ones fitted as original equipment, by the car manufacturers.

This also applies to any new equipment that the car makers may bring out. Of course, they must release the patents for the aftercare garages . Or be able to repair and service the cars.

This prevents a closed shop scenario from being created. Consequently, with the new cars going to the main dealers only.

Toyota are having to release many patents to do with the EV cars. So that your regular garage can have a chance of repairing them.

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Car servicing your new car Do you have to use the main dealer?

The straight forward answer to this is NO! You do not have to take your car back to the franchise car dealer from where you bought the car. The problem that we get at my garage here in Halifax Yorkshire, UK, is that many of the public think that you have to return back to the garage from where you purchased the vehicle  to have a car service.

The franchise dealer will not of course tell you this when you buy the car, because they obviously want your business. But in many cases this could be inconvenient for the new car owner. We have many very satisfied customers who do not want to take their cars anywhere else, for repairs or for car servicing.

There are a few rules that you should follow, if you do go to your independent garage, they must adhere to a few rules. These rules were set out by the EU when the right to repair ruling first came out, and I think that this is something similar in the USA, with their “right to repair bill”.

Firstly they would like the garage to be of good standing and probably affiliated to a trade organization that gives the garage some credibility. Another way to check if your local garage has good standing is if they are an MOT testing station, here in the UK.

These accreditation’s will ensure that your car will have car servicing and repairs carried out to the right standards.

Another consideration to take into account is that you should check to see if your local garage uses car service parts that are as good as the manufacturer’s original equipment standards. Most quality garages will do this as a second nature, and use either OE parts (oil filters etc.) We use a top quality make called “Blue Print”, which are guaranteed to be just as good as the OE parts supplied by the main dealer garage.

If you stick to the rules and make sure that the car servicing booklet that is provided in every car is kept up to date, then you will have no problems if you have any warranty issues. By the way, if you do have a warranty problem then you should return the car back to the franchise dealer from where the car came.

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Pirelli Tyres- Top Investor- Camfin Said to Discuss Sale to ChemChina – Bloomberg

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 Pirelli’s Top Investor Camfin Said to Discuss Sale to Chem-China
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The talks come as larger competitors Michelin & Cie. and Continental AG seek to expand with acquisitions, particularly in Asia.

This is not as surprising as i first thought. China will, be looking to buy existing western global companies, to increase their product knowledge and their world portfolio.

This offer for a large part of Pirelli tyres does not come as any surprise in the chase for global dominance,

Including the tyre market. We have already seen the Apollo, Indian tyre companies lust for expansion, and the Chinese will also be active in the takeover battle for some of our leading European tyre companies.

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It comes as no surprise to me that Pirelli tyres have now come into the hands of the Chinese state owned company Chem-China.

Like all the other leading tyre companies. So,  Pirelli have developed tyre technology for over a hundred years.  Of course, and will bring the boost of the fifth largest tyre company in the world under the Chinese fold.

The 7.5 billion Euros bid was agreed by the Pirelli shareholders. Importantly, was agreed by shareholders last Sunday.

There is no doubt that the Chinese have bought giant Italian tyre company for a few reasons. One because of the week Euro and also, they will then have access to Pirelli tyres technology  for making premium tyres and also motorsport technology for future research and development.

Chem-China have already developed a tyre making facility.

Known as the China National Tyre and Rubber Company, who will go into a joint venture and bid to buy the 26.2% stake of Pirelli from the Italian holding firm of Camfin and a bid for the rest of the tyre company, will follow.

Pirelli boss Tronchetti Provera is one of the Camfin investors and he is expected to remain as chief executive. This type of takeover has been part of my working life in the tyre industry.

Of course ,the difference is that it is now China and not the USA that are buying the assets of European tyre makers. Goodyear tyres were always buying out smaller niche tyre manufacturers to add to their portfolio.

In more recent years. Apollo tyres from India have been a dominating force. So, in trying to increase the size of their tyre business by making takeover bids. Consequently, such as their recent acquisition of Vredestein tyres. Of course, with a manufacturing base in Holland.

There were even reports coming out of Italy. That a counter bid may even be coming from one of the other big European tyre companies. Subsequently, either Continental tyres of the French tyre maker Michelin.

It will now be a case of “watch this space “to see how the Chinese takeover will improve Pirelli’s standing in the global tyre market, but there is one thing sure, and that’s the Chinese sure aren’t short of money and could be looking for a large tyre retailer to distribute the Pirelli product more aggressively? Or, a large wholesaler perhaps?

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Wheel Balancing is Important for that perfect ride?

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Wheel balancing is important because it keeps your tyres, bearings and suspension system in order.

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This is a short but to the point article about the importance of having your wheels balanced. So, it is something that we in the tyre trade keep harping on about, but never the less is important. Most of us have witnessed their wheels out of balance, and had Wheel wobble Problems . Mainly, when the steering wheel starts to shake driving down the motorway (freeway).

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Wheel Balancing  will give you a better ride

Balancing is one of the things in motoring terms that we take for granted. When I first started working in the tyre industry, we had a small piece of equipment. That we would use to balance the wheels, whenever we fitted a new tyre.

This was known as a bubble-balancer, and that is exactly what it was. You would sit a wheel on top of the balancer and a bubble. Similar to the ones in a spirit level. This would tell you when the wheel was out of balance by the tilt on the wheel and we had to counteract this at the opposite side by adding lead weights.

When the wheel was level and the bubble was dead central then the job was done and the wheel was fitted onto the car. The cars in those days were things like Ford Poplars and Morris 1000’s and so did not travel very far or go very fast.

Sit on Balancer was our first electric balancer.

There are different types of out of balance, “static balance”; vertical shaking that can come from a heavy spot on the tyre. This is what we would try to cure on our bubble balancer. This could also be cured on the next machine that came into use.

The machine was a sit on machine known as a On Car Wheel Balancing machine made by “Repco” and we would jack up the car put machine against the car wheel and we would then spin the electrically driven machine up to high speed. While the wheel was spinning a strobe light would make look like the wheel was in a still position we would then stop the machine with a type of brake and put a counter balance weight on the wheel depending where the tyres valve could be seen.

This method of  balancing was horrific.

The older guys in the industry. Will remember the fact that the wheels would shake violently. Then the vibrations would shake the cars to bits. Of course, whilst the poor customer looked on with terror in his eyes. This reminds of the “roller brake tester” used on the modern MOT test. When the car gets shaken to bits, having a brake test.

This method of balancing was not for the faint hearted and I was glad to see the back of them.

The next set of wheel balancers were the fore runners to today’s sophisticated machines. We would put the wheel on a spindle and spin it by hand. These balancers would correct “static”

and “dynamic” out of balancing. The modern wheel balancer is equipped with many sensors and can pick up balancing problems at high and low speeds. These are necessary for today’s high speed cars and of course give the car drivers a smooth ride, (that’s if your wheels are balanced of  course).

On a regular basis in my opinion is at least once a month. Most members of one of the independent tyre organizations, and so will check your wheel alignment and wheel balancing for free and will only charge you if the car is out of alignment and requires adjusting.

Wheel Balancing is part of having a new tyre fitted

Of course, today we balance your wheels as a matter of fact when you buy new tyres or have a puncture repaired. So, if you need a wheel balance just as a matter of fact and your steering wheel starts to shake at say 50 mph, then this is because you may have lost a balance weight or your tyre has become out of shape, due to perhaps a “slipped belt”, which can be caused by nail or screw damaging the steel belt in your tyre, putting the tyre out of shape and causing the wheel to be out of balance.

Finally another thing that can give you a similar experience is if your wheel bearing has gone. Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.